With recruiting sped up markedly as schools continue to push to complete their classes before their first game, it is evident with a look at the preseason East Top 150.
Only 36 players remain uncommitted, and the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, AAC, Big 12, Pac-12 each came into the region and secured commitments from the members of the East Top 150.
Pennsylvania placed the most in the East 150 with 28 players, but it is top heavy as Virginia has three of the top four players and five of the top 11.
Here are the state-by-state rankings:
Boston College has
Connecticut’s top-rated player in Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy running back Marcus Outlow, and Connecticut has a trio of commits in Ansonia High’s Akreel Newsome, Suffield Academy’s Brice McAllister and Bristol St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi.
Penn State did well in landing the top two players in
Delaware, and four of the five committed players from the First State are heading to BCS programs. Middletown High’s Chris Godwin, the lone-star player from the state, and Wilmington Salesianum School middle linebacker Troy Reeder are Penn State-bound.
Forestville Bishop McNamara four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince leads a group of 50 players ranked from
Maryland, but he is uncommitted as Florida State, Maryland and Ohio State push for his services.
Much of Maryland’s talent on the East 150 is situated at a trio of schools as Hyattsville DeMatha Catholic has nine on the list, Olney Our Lady of Good Counsel has seven and Elkton Eastern Christian Academy has five on the list.
First-year coach Steve Addazio and his staff have done a nice job keeping talent home and have commitments from five of the 10 players ranked in the state
Massachusetts. The top player is Needham St. Sebastian’s School linebacker Connor Strachan, and the top uncommitted player is Everett High cornerback Lubern Figaro, who has Syracuse, Michigan State and Syracuse on his list.
Rutgers has worked its home state hard and has commitments from 11 players from
New Jersey. The top five players, including Paramus Catholic High five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers, the No. 1 player in the region, are committed. Peppers is heading to Michigan while Notre Dame and Rutgers each have two members of the top 5 committed to their schools.
The top player in
New York is uncommitted defensive tackle Thomas Holley from Brooklyn Abraham Lincoln, and the borough actually is home to the top three players. No. 2 is Ohio State receiver commit Curtis Samuel of Erasmus Hall and he is followed by Notre Dame commit Jay Hayes of Poly Prep.
As was mentioned,
Pennsylvania has the most members on the East 150, and it also has the most high-end uncommitted prospects. In fact, the top four players, all in the western part of the state, are yet to decide on schools.
Aliquippa High cornerback Dravon Henry, Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon offensive tackle Alex Bookser, Washington High running back Shai McKenzie and Monroeville Gateway High safety Montae Nicholson are all eyeing late decisions.
Virginia has major talent on the top end of the East 150, and it is led by Woodbridge High’s Da’Shawn Hand, a five-star defensive end who is uncommitted. The University of Virginia has done a great job in landing five stars Quin Blanding, a safety from Virginia Beach Bayside , and Andrew Brown, a defensive tackle from Chesapeake Oscar Smith.
Washington D.C., the top player is four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor of Friendship Collegiate Academy. He is uncommitted, but the next six players are all committed to different BCS schools. In fact, Tennessee, Iowa, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Temple each came into the nation’s capitol and landed a player.
Finally, West Virginia is home to Mountaineers commit Amanii Brown, who plays in the shadows of West Virginia University at Morgantown High.